San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Hot Rod College

Shop converts to academy to teach custom car skills Custom car shop shifts gears to train others on a lost art.

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Easton Unveils High-Tech Bat Lab

SPORTS: Marketing strategy hinges on performance, not celebrities.

Easton could profit from celebrity endorsements of its baseball and softball equipment – but it doesn’t.

In Mask Sales At Least Trump Wins

Costume entrepreneur compares candidates’ in-store popularity.

Could sales of presidential candidates’ Halloween masks foretell election results?

Suicide App Seeks Market To Save Lives

Program helps friends, family with crisis prevention algorithm.

Developers of suicide prevention app hope to save lives.

Sea Drone Starts to Fly In Palmdale

Navy contract worth $3 billion upgrades Global Hawk model.

New unmanned aircraft goes through final assembly at Northrop.

The Number

North American companies expect to trade more this year.

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Never Say Die Entrepreneur

MANUFACTURING: Employee Noemi Prado turned around firm on the brink of closure.

Southwest Moulding’s carefully-crafted turnaround.

Tehran Looks Good for Cosmetic Skin Company

BIOTECH: Avita Medical opens office in Iran to enter untapped market.

Tehran, Iran’s hot market for cosmetic surgery, attracts skin product developer Avita Medical.

BlackLine Files for Valley’s First IPO Since 2014

FINANCE: Software firm will use proceeds to pay off debt from acquisitions.

Meet the Valley’s first IPO applicant in two years.

Munchkin to Enter Big Baby Formula Market

FOOD: Grass-fed cows in New Zealand lend product health-conscious storyline.

Munchkin hopes its biggest product launch ever into the baby formula market will wean moms off of industry giants.

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Heart of the Valley

After leading two chambers and a Boys & Girls Club, self-proclaimed ‘Valley girl’ Jan Sobel plans to retire. What’s next?

What’s next for Jan Sobel after career raising the bar on nonprofits?

Cunard Launches Trans-Atlantic Space Voyage

MARKETING: Queen Mary 2 will host NASA experts, astronauts on cruise.

Valencia-based luxury cruise liner Cunard Line, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp. & plc based in London, will offer a space-themed transatlantic voyage next year in celebration of International World Space Week, the company announced Oct. 4.

New Bar President Wants to Diversify the Bench

NONPROFIT: More events, outreach planned to recruit youth to legal careers.

Kira Masteller, a trust and estate planning attorney for Encino law firm Lewitt Hackman, has been named the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s new president.

Startup Weekend to Start Again in Santa Clarita

EVENT: Three-day tech fest, networking opportunity back by popular demand.

Startup Weekend will return to the Santa Clarita Valley in early November to encourage tech entrepreneurs in the creation of new companies.

MyCorporation Expands in Step With Economy

OFFICE: Consultancy takes more space amid growing client base, new hires.

Startups and franchises are springing up everywhere, and that has pushed MyCorporation Inc. into bigger quarters.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

About 1,000 nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital on Sept. 29 ended their 24-hour strike, which was the first of its kind in the hospital’s 61-year history.


Calendar of events

Easy Choice for State Senate: Fazio

Charlie Crumpley’s business-friendly endorsements.

It’s Time for Transit Decisions at the Polls

Metro has placed Measure M on the ballot; now voters need to make an investment in the future.

Measure M would help the Valley move through traffic.

A Big Day for Business in the Valley

Measuring the impacts of pending measures on business.

Supply Software Clicks for Clients

TECHNOLOGY: Procurement firm secures $4 million in funding.

Venture capitalists gave Vroozi $4 million to develop procurement software.

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Driving Down Prices

Ambulances face huge losses under Obamacare

Ambulance companies face reduced reimbursements after health care reform.

Will Politics Poison Valley Projects?

DEVELOPMENT: Ballot measures could render building ‘unfeasible.’

Will housing in Los Angeles become even more expensive? It could if two measures pass in upcoming elections.

Sports Bar Schmoozes Rams Coach

Radio show to air from watering hole at Westlake Village Inn.

Westlake Village Inn finds a way to get in on the Rams new local presence – hosting a live radio show.

K-Swiss HQ Walks Away from Conejo

Shoe maker cites ‘vibrant retail culture’ in downtown L.A.

Why moving to downtown L.A. will benefit shoe maker K-Swiss.